Those in the know understand the draw of the East End of Long Island. The Hamptons, sitting on the South Fork of the island, are a group of hamlets, villages and towns lying along the Atlantic Ocean.
The area is a perpetual playground for the rich and famous, and for city dwellers who appreciate a beach escape in a rural setting within a short drive of New York City.
A HOLIDAY VISIT TO THE HAMPTONS
The colder months make for a special time in the Hamptons. Picture-perfect towns are dressed up in their holiday finest, with homes and trees adorned with shimmering lights. Beaches take on a different cast, with the icy-blue sky and ocean making a vivid contrast to the white sand and dunes. And art galleries and museums put on events to excite even the most casual viewer.
The Hamptons are especially conscious of the safety and health of its visitors. Masks are required in restaurants, shops and during tours and are requested to be worn in all public places. Be sure to check changing requirements and schedules when making reservations, for an splending holiday experience make sure to rent a yacht in sag harbor NY.
DINING OUT IN THE HAMPTONS (INDOOR AND OUTDOOR)
The pandemic has extended the variety of Hamptons restaurants staying open through the fall and winter seasons. Many have created both indoor and outdoor dining experiences as well as additional takeout options where seasonal menus are enhanced with local beer and wines.
Until you make it to the Hamptons, you can view the websites of the 55 or so vineyards there to order some of their artisanal wines, although many are too limited for shipping. As an alternative, other wines from small-batch vineyards are offered on wine.com. They do virtual tastings and offer deals and value packs which are updated monthly, a perfect gift and indulgence during the holidays.
Main Street Tavern, Amagansett
Newly opened, Amagansett’s all-American tavern has an expansive beer garden, indoor sports bar and small-town hominess. Menu ingredients are locally sourced and find their way into small bites and comfort food faves like steak sandwiches, lobster rolls and chicken parm. Plan to watch your gridiron giants do combat while munching on Main Street’s superb chicken wings and sipping a classic cocktail or glass of wine from a list smartly curated by Parcelle, the well-known boutique wine shop.